Notable Mergers and Acquisitions 8/19: (EMR)/(PNR) (SPNE) (EMMS)

August 19, 2016 9:57 AM EDT

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*** Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced it has signed an agreement to purchase the Valves & Controls business of Pentair (NYSE: PNR) for $3.15 billion. The complementary acquisition establishes Emerson's global presence in control, isolation, pressure relief valves and actuation as part of a larger strategy to build a broader automation portfolio.

“This acquisition delivers on our strategic plan of investing in Automation Solutions and in markets where we have a global leadership position and see significant long-term growth opportunities,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr. “By adding Pentair’s Valves & Controls leading technologies and services to our already broad portfolio, we have positioned our businesses to grow while continuing to provide our customers around the world with more complete solutions to their toughest challenges.”

This transaction follows Emerson’s recently announced divestitures of Network Power, Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques for a total of $5.2 billion as part of the Company’s overall strategic portfolio repositioning that was initiated in June 2015.

Headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, the Pentair Valves & Controls business has nearly 7,500 employees around the world. The business has a large global installed base in chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas, power, mining and other process industries. With product brands like Anderson-Greenwood, Crosby, Vanessa, Keystone and Biffi, Pentair Valves & Controls has been a global leader in providing valve solutions for customers.

“The Pentair Valves & Controls business is a strong fit for us as they share many of the same management principles that have defined success for Emerson over the years such as global customer support, service, best cost sourcing and manufacturing,” said Mike Train, Executive Vice President and Business Leader for Emerson Automation Solutions. “In addition to adding great people and brands to our business, it will allow us to expand our market position and create new opportunities for growth, while also being able to offer our customers the most complete valve solutions portfolio and most extensive service network in the world.”

The acquisition is expected to close in the next four to six months, subject to various regulatory approvals.

Greenhill & Co., LLC served as financial advisor to Emerson and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP served as legal advisor.

*** SeaSpine Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: SPNE) announced that it is has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of NLT Spine Ltd. (NLT), an Israel-based medical device company developing innovative spinal products for minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

NLT’s platforms include vertical, lordotic and footprint expanding interbody technologies for use in lumbar fusion procedures for the treatment of degenerative spinal conditions. By allowing surgeons to place smaller interbody implants that expand within the interbody space, these patented technologies are designed to enable smaller incisions and less nerve retraction, while achieving the same advantages of larger implants but with easier insertion and potentially less tissue disruption.

Acquisition terms include an upfront cash payment, issuance of common stock upon achievement of a near-term regulatory milestone, longer-term commercially-based milestone payments, as well as future revenue-based royalties.

“This transaction strengthens our future product offerings and broadens our growing portfolio of differentiated interbody solutions, one of the fastest growing market segments within spine, while demonstrating to distributors and the surgeon community our commitment to innovation, including through strategic acquisitions,” said Keith Valentine, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaSpine. “The deal structure allows us to acquire differentiated assets with modest upfront investment, while deferring the majority of consideration to sales-based payments and commercially-based milestones. Equally important, it reflects the belief of NLT’s investors in both the potential of their technology and our ability to commercialize it successfully.”

“We’re pleased to add our line of products and technologies to SeaSpine’s comprehensive suite of offerings in the spine intervention market,” said NLT President and Chief Executive Officer, Didier Toubia. “We see SeaSpine as the ideal group to bring to market and drive adoption of our innovative interbody spine solutions, which we believe will benefit patients and our shareholders, now and in the longer-term.”

NLT’s broad intellectual property portfolio includes technologies that provide a robust pipeline of innovative MIS interbody solutions. NLT’s patent estate includes additional disruptive technologies with potential in other spinal applications. SeaSpine plans to further refine NLT’s existing products based on feedback from leading spine surgeons prior to full commercial launch and to evaluate NLT’s full intellectual property portfolio for additional product development opportunities.

*** Emmis Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: EMMS) announced that E Acquisition Corporation, an Indiana corporation currently owned by Jeffrey H. Smulyan, the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and controlling shareholder of Emmis, and expected to be also owned by certain directors, officers and other shareholders of Emmis ("Purchaser"), has made a non-binding proposal to acquire the outstanding publicly held shares of Emmis for $4.10 per share in cash.

According to the proposal, the offer price represents premiums of approximately 25% and 3%, respectively, over the over the 90-day volume weighted average closing price and closing price of Emmis' Class A Common Stock on August 17, 2016, the last trading day prior to the proposal.

The proposal states that the transaction would likely be implemented through a merger of Emmis with the Purchaser. The Proposal contemplates that, if the proposed transaction is consummated, Emmis would no longer be a reporting company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and would no longer have any public shareholders with stock traded on Nasdaq.

The proposal does not include a financing condition, and it states that the Purchaser has obtained a committed acquisition facility from an affiliate of Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC. Moelis & Company provided financial advice in connection with securing this financing commitment and related matters. In conjunction with the possible merger, Purchaser proposes to amend the terms of certain of Emmis' outstanding debt, and the proposal indicates that, if a transaction is consummated, Purchaser intends to reduce Emmis' indebtedness by selling certain non-core assets of the business. Accordingly, the Board of Directors has authorized Emmis to explore strategic alternatives for its publishing division (other than Indianapolis Monthly magazine), WLIB-AM (New York, New York) and its radio stations in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The proposal further states that Purchaser intends to invite certain other investors, which are expected to include certain other officers and directors of Emmis and a limited number of other accredited investors, to join in the offer as proposed by acquiring equity interests in the Purchaser.

The proposal is subject to (i) reasonably satisfactory completion of due diligence, other than business or operational due diligence, by the financing sources, (ii) negotiation and execution of definitive financing and transaction documentation satisfactory to Purchaser and to Emmis, (iii) receipt of certain amendments to Emmis' existing debt, (iv) absence of a material adverse change with respect to Emmis and (v) receipt of all necessary government regulatory approvals, which Purchaser currently expects will be limited to Federal Communications Commission approvals and, if applicable, compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

The proposal also states that the transaction will be subject to approval by Emmis' shareholders. Under the terms of Emmis' articles of incorporation, the transaction will be a "going private" transaction involving Emmis and a purchaser affiliated with Mr. Smulyan. The articles provide that in such circumstances, the Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock will vote together as a single class, with holders of the Class B Common Stock receiving one vote per share, rather than the ten votes per share they receive for any transaction that is not a "going private" transaction for purposes of Emmis' articles of incorporation. In such vote, Mr. Smulyan owns shares of Emmis representing approximately 13% of the combined voting power of shares entitled to vote on the proposal (calculated in each case to include shares issuable under all options exercisable currently or within 60 days).

In its proposal, Purchaser advised the Board of Directors of Emmis that Mr. Smulyan will not agree to any other transaction involving Emmis or his shares of Emmis. Under the terms of Emmis' articles of incorporation, on any such other transaction (other than the "going private" transaction described above) that requires the approval of Emmis' shareholders, the Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock will vote together as a single class, with each share of Class A Common Stock entitled to one vote per share and each share of Class B Common Stock entitled to ten votes per share. Mr. Smulyan would in such circumstances have approximately 52% of the combined voting power entitled to vote on any such other transaction (calculated to include shares issuable under all options exercisable currently or within 60 days), thereby giving him the ability to prevent Emmis from engaging in any such other transaction.

In response to the proposal, the Board of Directors of Emmis announced that it has formed a Special Committee of disinterested directors to consider the proposal. The Special Committee is authorized to select its own financial and legal advisors. Mr. Smulyan and the other directors of Emmis who will join Purchaser will not participate in the evaluation of the proposal, which requires the recommendation of the Special Committee and the approval of the Board of Directors before going to shareholders for consideration.

Emmis expects this process to have no impact on day-to-day operations.

No assurance can be given that an agreement on terms satisfactory to the Special Committee or the Board of Directors will result from the proposal or that any transaction will be completed.

Emmis does not anticipate making any further announcement concerning the proposal unless and until a definitive agreement is reached. If and when the parties reach a definitive agreement with respect to the proposal, Emmis and Purchaser will file appropriate materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission and mail such materials to Emmis shareholders. Shareholders and other interested parties should read Emmis' relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available because they will contain important information. Emmis' shareholders will be able to obtain such documents free of charge at the SEC's web site ( or from Emmis at One Emmis Plaza, 40 Monument Circle, Suite 700, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, Attn: Scott Enright.

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